A cradle of historical, philosophical, literary, scientific, and religious ideas, the ancient library of Alexandria was unparalleled in the world. But 1,500 years ago, it vanished into the mists of myth and legend.
Now a cartel of wealthy international moguls is desperate to breach the library's hallowed halls, and only Malone possesses the information they need to succeed.
Pursued by a lethal mercenary, Malone crosses the globe in search of answers. His quest will lead him to England and Portugal, to the highest levels of the American government, and to a shattering outcome that will have worldwide repercussions.
©2007 Steve Berry; (P)2007 Random House Inc.
"Berry [makes] intriguing use of ancient history, and the action certainly zooms along." (Booklist)
Before I got this book I read the reviews, first this narrator is just fine I foud this very easy to listen to. The subject matter may challenge your accepted ideas on the Bible, but we learn all the time. The story moves just fine, but maybe a little predictable. I travel often and have between 200 and 300 books on audible to I listen too, this one will be replayed. If you pass it up it is your loss.
The story is excellent, but almost destroyed by a narrator who is a ham, continually emoting and sounding more like the background voice to Disney's Haunted House than a narrator of a modern adventure novel. He tries to put excitement and emotion into simple declaratory sentences, e.g., "I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING!!!". This sort of silliness is painful to listen to. I'll buy a Steve Berry book anytime, but will never buy one narrated by Scott Brick.
Don't buy this book. If science fiction requires good science before it can be good fiction, good religious historical fiction (adding up to a modern mystery) requires a good grasp of both. The author has made so many egregious errors that the book is, essentially, unreadable. Of course, he also makes mistakes in modern places and events.
I almost put it down about a third of the way through, then at the half way mark. I finally finished and, frankly, I should have followed my first instinct.
Again, this book is a disaster.
Steve Berry: Flat characters, impossible plots, questionable dialogue, everything the critics say is pretty much right. But, these books are entertaining and will get you through just about any road trip without too much thinking.
Mr. Berry may never win a Nobel for literature, but he writes a good, quick moving "shoot 'em up" mystery in the style of the old Shadow or Doc Savage dime novels.
Very much enjoy Steve Berry's novels. Love the integration of fact and fiction. Novel is fast passed with lots of twists and turns. At the end of part 2 there is an interview with Steve Berry about the book and also a section discussing which places/events/people were real and which were fictional. Great Book!
I usually only download audio books when I have credits but after listening to The Alexandria Link and finding it such a great story, I can't wait to back track and read The Templar Legacy. I was very sad to hear Robert Ludlum pasted away but I think i've found a new favorite author in Mr. Berry. Cotton is a character that rivals Jason Bourne and Mitch Rapp (vince flynn). Thank you Mr. Berry for your stories, please keep Paul Michael or Scott Brick as your narrators.
I've enjoyed all of Steve Berry's books and this one did not disappoint. Bringing back Cotton Malone was a great idea as he seems to be an interesting character to build around. Good spin on taking a topic that everyone knows about and putting a different story around it. Also enjoyed the narrator who's done many other audible books.
- research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts
I've listened to all the books by Steve Berry and I've always been absolutely thrilled by his stories and his immagination. But this book was unfortunately a total disappointment - I actually had to start it three times. The first two times I gave it up eacht time after about 3 or 4 hours - the story was just too boring and - to my utmost swizz Scott Brick was terrible and made a very bad job. I'm Swiss and so I'm usually quite happy when the reader doesn't speak too fast, but Brick just exaggerated - he sounded like a broken audio tape, his voice ever so whining and drowsy. Well, I gave the book a third chance, hoping the second part will be better, but this wasn't the case.
The idea for the story would have been a good one, but Berry just doens't seem to have found the right kick to transform it into a thrilling adventure and remaind on a not even mediocre level.
I really hope that the Venetian Betrayal will be as good as his earlier books.
A totally plausible and fascinating story concept. It kept my attention throughout. The weaving of three groups of characters operating simultaneously and independently help weave a tightly designed plot with a narrative that flows at a natural yet fast pace.
Without Scott Brick it would've only got 3 stars. The story line itself, the search for the lost library of Alexandria is worthy of writing about. The part about the Old Testament is kind of "out there", but the characters were well thought out and interesting. The action was mostly fast paced. I got lost a few times, but I always caught up. Not one I would choose to re-listen to, but was worth one listen, if only for Brick's performance alone.
"nice book, shame about the narrator"
Once again Steve Berry delivers the goods. What spoilt it for me though, was the narrator. Scott brick has an annoying habit of letting his voice get overly dramatic with no reason - after a while it gets pretty irritating and for me spoilt what is an excellent book.
"narrator murders story"
The narrator kills this story with his baffling insistence on reading every sentence with high drama making it exhausting and confusing to listen to. I would have rated the story higher... but it is completely spoilt by this narrator. Save your money and listen to another of the author's audiobooks.
"An excellent book, well worth the time to listen"
This is the second cotton book, I was a bit concerned with the feedback on the reader but he was ok and you get used to his style after a while. For me it's been good to listen to the books in the written order. Enjoy, I did!
"A fascinatingly good yarn."
Car journeys just got quicker! Well written and excellent narration. Book 3 here I come.
Excellent book, can't wait to listen to the next cotton Malone story. narrator was excellent, loved listening to his voice, made the book even better.
"Good Story but narrator lets this book down"
An interesting story
The main characters continue to develop from the first book The Templar Legacy - which gives them more depth and interest
No - I'm afraid I didn't like the narrator he was not easy to listen to - if I hadn't enjoyed the story, I would not have persevered listening to it. I will in future be buying Steve Berry's books and reading them for myself.
Gave up after bravely enduring three hours of horrible narration, thus unable to say anything about the story.
Epic, fast-paced thriller!
Cotton Malone, it couldn't really be anyone else!
Some great depth portrayal from Scott Brick. He's really at home with this sort of story
James Bond meets Indiana Jones, with a bit of Dan Brown thrown in for good measure!
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